The New York Rangers bounced back from a Game 3 loss with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. It was a tight playoff game that saw only three goals scored with Henrik Lundqvist making 23 saves for New York and Carey Price making 30 for Montreal.
Check out Blueshirt Bullet Points for exclusive quotes and tidbits from the victory. Now here is a look at the victory from the lens of Game Score.
What you will notice is that some of the scores are low, but that is because the game didn’t feature a ton of offense. Offensive contribution is a big part that is calculated into Game Score, and that why you see some players in the fine and bad range. Overall the Rangers played well, but in this instance, certain players had minimal or no offensive impact and middling possession numbers.
There are a few players who deserve to be called out, and here they are.
1.) Henrik Lundqvist | 1.55
Hank was perfect with the exception of a 2-on-1 in which he had no chance. The King made the saves he needed to and was a steadying influence between the pipes.
2.) Marc Staal | 1.11
Staal had a nice bounceback game for the Blueshirts. The Rangers’ alternate captain took two shots on goal, drew a penalty, blocked a shot and had a team-best Corsi differential of 15.
3.) Jesper Fast | 1.07
Quickie got the Blueshirts rolling with a greasy goal in the first period.
Fast forced a turnover by putting pressure on Andrei Markov and took the puck to the net where it squeaked by Carey Price.
4.) Michael Grabner | 0.82
The Rangers’ speedster generated chances all night long by using his speed and skating ability. Grabner finished the evening with five shots on goal, two blocks and a Corsi differential of +4. He was also on the ice when Fast broke the ice in the first period, and he was solid in all three zones.
5.) Rick Nash | 0.72
Nash had an amazing game for the Rangers in which he scored the game-winning goal by going hard to the net. It was Nash’s second goal of the playoffs and it came at a time in which the Blueshirts needed it most.
The Rangers’ veteran winger also finished with a blocked shot and a -1 Corsi differential. What dragged his score down was a goalie interference penalty and a neutral 5v5 goal differential since he was on the ice for a goal for and against.
Game 5 will take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.